Remember that time when I thought January was the longest month this year? March was.. weird.
I’m sure everyone will agree with me that this month was as far from normal as we ever thought we’d get. The month started normal and then everything started shutting down and we all started self-isolating. So ya, know, weird.
I hoped that being home would give me more time to read. But hey, jokes on me cause I was already home 99% of the time. And my toddler’s mouth decided that now would be an excellent time to start growing more molars. So, ya know. It’s been fun.
But I actually read more than I thought I would. Thank goodness for e-books and audiobooks!
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What I read in March:
More than Maybe by Erin Hahn. I am so glad I got an arc from NetGalley! This YA contemporary is cute!!! They did just push back the release date from May to June, but I’ve already pre-ordered a final copy. In this book we’ve got two teens who have sort of been crushing on each other forever. One’s a music blogger and the other is an epic songwriter who wants none of the fame. You can read my full review for More Than Maybe here.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. This book has had a lot of controversy surrounding it. I only read it because I wanted to join the Barnes & Noble book club so that I could have more human interaction (and then a few days after our discussion we started social distancing so.. ya know.) But, I enjoyed the story. I didn’t love the writing. I missed a lot of the things that were incorrect and misleading only because I’m not a member of the Latinx community. Our book club had a great discussion about this book, some hated it, some enjoyed it. I was right there in the middle. It was a bit clunky for me. I’m excited to read more books about immigration from some own voice authors. 3/5 stars
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. A re-read for me! And an audiobook! I was craving this series after I watched the new movie and made my post about books you should read if you love TATBILB (books or movie) I think I actually like the first movie better than this book… can I say that? it’s true though. I thought this book was great, but I loved the emotion we get seeing it on screen.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. After the world seemed to explode I couldn’t read. I couldn’t focus. And I was so so so anxious (read about that first week here). So I picked up an old friend, Harry Potter. Now’s a good a time as any to re-read this series and it brought me so much comfort to be back in this world that I love so much. I’m part way through PoA right now.
The New Husband by D.J. Palmer. St. Martin’s Press sent me an arc (advanced readers copy) of The New Husband and I’ll be sharing my full review next week. This was a little slow to start, but I still enjoyed it. By the end it felt like I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds. This one is out on April 14th. TW for domestic abuse, suicide, death of a spouse, and trauma.
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter. AHHHH!! Give all the heart eyes to this book. I think this was my favorite read this month. I have stayed away from YA contemporary for a while now (ha, jokes on me as I’m not writing my own!) but I’ve been reading so many great ones this year! What I Like About You follows Halle who’s a book blogger. The online world knows her as Kels. When she meets her online best friend (and crush) in person, but he doesn’t know who she is, she decided to keep her online secret a secret. What could possibly go wrong? I adored the writing and the banter and the relationships and GRAMPS! This one is still set to be published April 7th. I’ll share my full review on Thursday!
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. We read Serpent & Dove for the Book Lovers Book Club. I read the first 200 pages in a few hours and then didn’t pick it up again for 3 weeks. I wanted to, but then all the crazy life things happened and so I didn’t. I really enjoyed it though. I feel like there have been quite a few YA fantasy’s recently dealing with witches, but this one was good. Enemies to lovers. A witch and a witch hunter married. 🙂 All the good things. Read my full review here.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I also listened to P.S. I Still Love You! And re-reading it, I think I actually liked this book more the second time around. And even though I LOVE the movie, I did like this book more. There are so many details with Gen and Peter (I um, legit typed Noah before remembering that his name is Peter, even though he’s played by Noah in the movie. Oops!) and John Ambrose that don’t make it into the movie. The movie is still great, but I liked this book better.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The book blew me away. I was surprised by how much I loved it, by how quickly I was captivated by the story and how I listened to the audio so fast because I couldn’t do that fast enough. I literally sat on my bed and listened to it for hours yesterday so that I could finish it because it was that good. All my thoughts are here + more about the book. But trust me, you need to pick it up because it’s phenomenal! It might be my new favorite, definitely my top for 2020 so far.
What books did you read this month? Which was your favorite?
I ended up with a pretty solid reading month, despite the craziness of the world. And now it’s time to go finish writing my own book because that needs to get done so that people can read it sooner rather than later!
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